Cambridge House Big Hoppy | The Cambridge House Brewpub

Cambridge House Big HoppyCambridge House Big Hoppy
71 Ratings
Cambridge House Big HoppyCambridge House Big Hoppy

Brewed by:
The Cambridge House Brewpub
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Boto on 12-18-2006

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Photo of JayPee
2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

I'm going to forego the usual appearance, smell, taste with this beer and say simply that it should not call itself an IPA. As a beer it is okay. As an IPA it sucks. The malt completely overpowers any hops that might be in the beer. Are there hops in this beer? I do not detect them in anything near the levels that a double IPA should have.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Born on date 5:24:13 poured into a wide mouth drinking jar.

A: Dark opaque brownish orange color with a good 1 finger of creamy off white head. The head lasts throughout the drinking of this beer and produces good lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: On first open there is a good whiff of grapefruit hops that fade quickly into bready thick malt flavors. Hints of toasted bread, biscuits, and honey in the nose with a bit of fruit sweetness from the hops.

T: Waves of bready malts that turn sweet with hints of caramel and honey that blend into the fruity sweetness of grapefruit. The beer fades into a clean sweet finish as hints of honey linger on the palate.

M: Very creamy great feeling beer. The carbonation blends the subtle sweetness of the hops with the thick malty flavor.

O: Reminds me of very good english pale ales I have had in the past. Very malt forward beer with hints of hop fruit sweetness to balance it out. More of an imperial english ipa than an imperial american ipa. Overall a good balance.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a very large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty malt character followed by a strong caramel and citrus sweetness. Then a strong but not too bitter hops presence comes in. There’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Remdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of DonFrap
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%

Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of somelikehops
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of lic217
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, with lines of lacing, over dark but slightly clear cranberry maroon color with a slight orange hue.

Nose starts with a big sweet malt kick, lots of big malts, candy like caramel chewy malts, then hops bring the earthy slightly spicy hop, and a bit of a candied orange peel, smells like it will be pretty hoppy and bitter as well as big and sweet.

Taste, as expected, starts with a big sweet malt flavor, lots of candy and toffee like malts, sweet and a bit syrupy with plenty of caramel too, and the decent amount of sweetness brings some booze as well, warming slightly tingly booze but not overbearing as the sweetness balances. Then hops, earthy spicy hops mostly with a fair bitterness, and a bit of candied orange peel, and some candied hop oils as well., and a slight herbal flavor. Finish is quite bitter, long chewy spicy hop bitterness, bit of herbal earthy hop, more sticky sweet candy malts and syrupy feel.

Mouth is fuller bodied, syrupy, decent carb, some warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall not bad, very sweet and candy like, quite bitter and earthy spicy hops balance fairly well, and booze is in check as well, but all that being said it doesn't really have much going for it and seems kinda boring and quite hard to drink much of it by myself.

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Photo of adjunctlager
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ejane
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of blmar311
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of oldedog
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mersh
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Flounder57
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a copper amber color with some haziness and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt, toffee, fruity, buttery, some citrus, and orange marmalade.

Taste: Same as above, but the hop bomb bitterness takes over and the malts don't holf up well too.

Mouthfeel: it was tough to get a few sips down. I poured the rest down the drain.

Overall: Pretty dissapointed about this one. I'll let the store owner know that he needs to take the beers off the shelf.

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bdoggboston
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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Cambridge House Big Hoppy from The Cambridge House Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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